Established in 1975, the Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park is located 15 kilometers from Hyderabad, the capital city of the state of Andhra Pradesh. What was once a private hunting ground of Nizam, the former rulers of Hyderabad State, is now a deer park, set up in order to preserve this precious heritage and rehabilitate the fauna found within the park.
Located in the outskirts, on the Hyderabad-Vijaywada National Highway, the Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park covering a 14.59 square kilometer area is easily approachable from the city of Hyderabad. The Park is well maintained by the Forest Department, who also provide guided tours within the Park for visitors.
Animals living within the Park include Black-Bucks, Panther, Chital, Wild Boar, Civet, Porcupines, Water-Monitors, Peacock, Short-Toed Eagles, Indian Pond Herons, Egrets, Kingfisher, Cormorants, and other avifauna altogether covering 120 species of birdlife. This largest single green lung of Hyderabad City is also home to over 30 species of reptiles. The flora of the Park is mostly consisting of dry deciduous forests mixed with scrub jungles and grasslands. The terrain of the Park varies from hilly regions to gently rolling landscape made up of Sandalwood, Rosewood, Palas, Amalthas, Albizzias, Accacias and Teak trees.
The Park comes alive and blooms during monsoon when beautiful flowers in different colors blossom all around. Observation Points are built within the Park at hotspots which make it possible for visitors to effectively view animals at close range. The Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park is open on all days throughout the year, except Mondays, from 9 am in the mornings to 5 pm in the evening everyday.